Remember when you were a youngin' and Ma or Pa made dinner for you? You'd be sitting at a dinner table and suddenly realized something green had shown up on your plate, maybe broccoli, maybe asparagus. And perhaps, you’d scoot it away with your fork and gobble down something else a bit more salty and appetizing. Well, we're here like Ma and Pa, serving up the “greens” left and right because we know they’re essential for you to be healthy, strong, and ready for the tomorrow. This week’s message from us to you is simple, “eat your nature.” Eventually, if you're like us, you will be looking forward to Mother Nature’s “greens” every day.
And finally, happening just across the river this Saturday is the Chesapeake Climate Action Network’s 12th annual Polar Bear Plunge. It’s a big fundraiser that supports climate change prevention efforts in MD, DC, and VA. The fun starts at 11:00 am (forecasted high of 43 degrees, yikes!) and you can sign up to take the plunge or attend to watch others bravely/inanely jump.
Ripe for an adventure of any size, Battery Kemble Park is a favorite spot for Palisade and Foxhall residents for many good reasons - one of DC’s top sledding destination, a strategic Civil War defense site, and a serene retreat - a “doggie-palooza” as some locals call - for the probably hundreds of neighborhood dogs and dog owners. The park itself is bowl shaped and looks west towards Virginia. Running through the park is Battery Kemble Trail, a 1.25 mile trail with over 300 ft of elevation gain (or loss, depending on your direction), also connected to the Wesley Heights trail, Glover-Archbold trail, and the C&O Canal. We love the bamboo groves on the trail!
The park’s namesake, Fort Bayard, was built as a defensive fortification early in the Civil War to control access routes into the capital. Today, located on a hill overlooking the intersection of River Road NW and Western Avenue NW, the site retains no visible remains of the fort and now serves as a lively neighborhood recreational area. The 6.5 acre park features a large, fenced-in playground, baseball ground, picnic tables under tall, mature trees, a hill slope that is awesome for winter sledding (seriously, how envy-worthy that picture above is) or summer rolling, and an open space that is perfect for soccer, frisbee, and any sport practice, really.
OUTDOOR EVENTS (ALWAYS FREE)
THURSDAY JAN. 26 | 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Long-Distance Biking Presentation and Discussion @ THE BIKE RACK
Join the Bike Rack community for a presentation and discussion on long-distance biking from two members who recently returned to DC! They'll share stories and photos from their journeys, talk about how they trained for the long hauls, and answer questions! Whether you're considering your own bike tour or are just curious about what the experience is like, come join us!
Colin went from casual weekend rider to taking his Surly from DC to the Pacific Ocean on mainly Adventure Cycling Association routes. Natalie biked through Europe, investigating the lived experiences of large-scale migration in the affected European countries and communities.
SATURDAY JAN. 28 | 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Trees 101 @ CASEY TREES
Do you want to play a greater role in re-treeing D.C.? Casey Trees needs your help to protect and promote trees in our urban forest! This workshop is the first step in becoming a Citizen Forester of Casey Trees. Trees 101 provides a foundation in tree anatomy, basic tree identification and an overview of how trees function to provide the benefits we enjoy in the urban forest.
Citizen Foresters turn this knowledge into action by helping us:
• Plant, prune, mulch and water trees in all 8 wards.
• Monitor the health of the urban forest through tree inventories.
• Educate others on the importance of trees by staffing informational booths at farmers’ markets and local festivals.
• Advocate for trees whenever and wherever possible.
Balaclavas, Baklava, and Beer @ New District Brewing Company
BikeArlington is teaming up with New District Brewing for a fun winter bikes and brews event. Attend the workshop portion (free, but tickets required), where you'll learn how to make your very own winter bike accessory, from a warm ear cover to a full-head balaclava that will fit neatly under your helmet. Or just come and hang out, no ticket required! There will be great beer on tap, dessert treats and warm beverages to share while we trade winter biking tips and secrets.